The Rector directs the Arcada University of Applied Sciences

Arcada has a rector, who simultaneously functions as managing director of Arcada University of Applied Sciences Ltd. The rector is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the university, is in charge of the operational activities and is responsible for the management of the university’s property in accordance with current legislation, the articles of association and the Board’s instructions and directives. In all of his or her activities, the rector should act accordingly with the Finnish Corporate Governance Code.

At the rector's disposal is a management group  that supports the rector in the management and planning of operational activities. If the rector is unable, the vice rector carries out the rector's duties.